Society Hill

Society HillRoughly defined as the historic area bordered by Walnut, Lombard, Front and 8th Streets, Society Hill derives its name from its location on a hill above the Delaware River where the Free Society of Traders, an 18th century stock company, maintained its headquarters. Over the course of Philadelphia’s history, Society Hill’s fortunes declined until the 1950s when after falling into a complete state of disrepair, the neighborhood became the focus of an intense revitalization campaign. Today, Society Hill is a neighborhood of Federal and Georgian style homes interspersed with contemporary homes and luxury apartment buildings.

Home to the country’s largest concentration of original 18th and early 19th century architecture, Society Hill continues to be one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. This allure, in large part, can be traced to an amazing mixture of traditional architecture with a noticeably serene atmosphere resulting from a dearth of commercial activity. The cobblestone streets, the quaint alley-ways and the reproduction street lamps all combine to make Society Hill reminiscent of colonial Philadelphia. This quaint atmosphere, in turn, allows the neighborhood to cast itself as a smaller community located in the midst of a large metropolitan area. Living in Society Hill, however, does not preclude one from being able to enjoy all of the advantages of a metropolitan lifestyle. After all, the dining, historical and cultural offerings provided by Old City and the recreational and entertainment attractions of neighboring Penn’s Landing are close at hand.